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WSD FBLA Students Advance to Nationals

FBLA State to Nationals

photo L-R:

Grant McClard, Drew Chiodini, Hannah Branstetter, Madelyn Craft, Cade Lewis, Carl Wiese, Ariana Charitonenko
(not pictured: Kennedy Maitland)

April 20, 2021


Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland high schools competed at the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held virtually this year due to the pandemic, April 11-13. Nineteen WSD students brought home medals from the competition and eight of those students took top honors, qualifying them to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference to be held virtually, June 29-July 2, to compete against winners from each state. 


The following Timberland students have qualified to advance to the national conference: 


Ariana Charitonenko - 1st place in Publication Design
Drew Chiodini - 3rd place in Accounting 2
Grant McClard - 3rd place in Personal Finance
Hannah Branstetter and Kennedy Maitland - 4th place in Banking & Financial Systems
Madelyn Craft, Cade Lewis, and Carl Wiese - 4th place in Hospitality & Event Management


“These students are amazing, even during a pandemic they managed to make Timberland FBLA proud and gave it their all,” shared Kellie Trussell, Timberland FBLA sponsor. “They are truly inspiring and I am so proud of them.” FBLA competitive events prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment. The students competed as individuals or teams in a broad range of business and career-related areas; there are over 70 competitions spanning ten career clusters at each competitive event.


Additional students who received medals in the competition include:


Lauren Gettemeier, 6th place in Spreadsheet Applications


Breanna Busateri, Alyssa Kuzara, and Margaret Detchemendy, 5th place in Digital Video Production
Morgan Craft, 5th place in E-Business
Clayton Herbst, 5th place in Business Law
Margret Pilkinton, 5th place in Graphic Design
Hannah Branstetter, 8th place in Accounting 2
Madelyn Craft, 8th place in Accounting 1
Cole Trussell, 9th place in Introduction to Social Media Strategy
Carl Wiese, 10th place in Help Desk
Madelyn Craft, 8th place in Accounting 1, Cole Trussell, 9th place in Introduction to Social Media Strategy, and Carl Wiese, 10th place in Help Desk


FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers. FBLA’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.